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  • Locations: Multiple Cities, Australia
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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DPT Australia Newcastle 2  DPT Australia Newcastle 

Program Description

This program exposes students to Australian physical therapists in privately-owned outpatient clinics. Students will be challenged to learn the profession of physical therapy within the Australian healthcare system. Clinical skills will focus primarily on manual therapy techniques.

DPT 804 Advanced Clinical Practice Selective Tracks  (9 credits)
Continued study in selected topic areas including the broad spectrum of primary clinical practice settings. Generally, students focus on 1 of 3 areas: musculoskeletal, neuromuscular rehabilitation or research. Much of the course will be taught in a mock clinical setting with patients/clients for musculoskeletal and neuromuscular tracks and in a laboratory-based or field work setting for research track. Topics included may vary from year to year. Emphasis will be on continued development of clinical and research skills to prepare students for today’s demanding health care environment. In lieu of continued study in 1 of 3 areas, students may request an independent study in physical therapy (including a Global Learning Opportunity). Request will be generated by the student through a faculty sponsor. Requires advanced approval (by the beginning of Year III of the DPT curriculum) of the course faculty.
  • Musculoskeletal track: Dr. Christopher

  • Neuromuscular track: Dr. Freund

  • Pediatrics track: Dr. Paula DiBiasio

  • Research track: Dr. Vallabhajosula

About the Locations

Australia is the world's smallest continent with a population of almost 24 million people. The program will include time-spent in the following cities:

  • Newcastle, New South Wales (eastern Australia): 

Newcastle is the second oldest and seventh largest city in Australia. It is located on the coast, 101 miles north of Australia's largest city, Sydney.

  • Warriewood, New South Wales (eastern Australia):  

Warriewood is a coastline suburb located 16 miles north of Sydney. 


  • Newcastle: Public transportation is available via bus and train. Trains are available between Sydney and Newcastle.

  • Warriewood/Sydney:

    • Sydney: Public transportation is available via bus, train, and subway

    • Sydney to Warriewood: Requires a train from Sydney and a bus from the train station to Warriewood

    • Warriewood: Bus 

Dates and Deadlines

Applications open: Oct. 29, 2018
Applications close: Jan. 31, 2019


Costs for study away vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please view the budget sheet.


Liability coverage
Under the current University liability insurance policy, students will be covered by University liability insurance when participating in an approved GLO program. 


Students are responsible for securing housing. To date, the most common form of housing has been rental. Previous student blogs may be useful resources.


  • Students must complete the online application and pre-departure and post-departure learning modules by the published deadline.
  • Students must remain in good academic and professional standing to qualify for participation.
  • Students on academic or professional probation are not permitted to participate. 
  • Students are required to blog from their location as part of their course related requirements.
  • All GLO students are required to present their experiences at the School of Health Sciences Annual GLO Fest.


Prior to applying, all candidates are expected to meet with the program leader.

Additional Information and Links

To view blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for other programs, view the GLO DPT Student Blog page.

Connect with the GEC, GLO alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal and #ElonDPTGLO!

Program Leader: Dr. Steve Folger
Department Chair/Program Director and Professor of Physical Therapy Education
Gerald L. Francis Center, Office 100C
2085 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244 

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DPT Australia Sydney  DPT Australia Newcastle 3

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 11/28/2019
12/31/2019 TBA TBA

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This program is currently not accepting applications.